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Sound Sebastien Sound Bath
14-16 Betterton St., Holborn
A long-established wellness practice on the West Coast (as well as the Far East) sound baths are finally hitting the mainstream in London. The soothing sounds of chanting, tuning forks, and gongs are the antidote to London’s sensory overload, forcing the mind to quiet and focus only on the sound and your breath. For those who struggle with “traditional” meditation and mantras, sound baths are a joyous relief. Jasmine Hemsley—of the Hemsley and Hemsley cookbooks and café—founded Sebastien with her friend Toni Dicks, and the same calm that pervades all her other wellness ventures is equally present here. This winter’s residency is at Good Vibes in Holborn. Book in, rest your head on a lavender-scented pillow, settle in underneath a warm blanket and just listen.
Moda Operandi Mews
32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia
Tucked away in a listed Belgravia mews house—appropriately upmarket for the luxurious runway online retailer—Moda's first European showroom has been sumptuously decorated by the local design house, Fran Hickman. With warm, pink walls and a spiral staircase that leads to the upstairs of the historic townhouse (which was previously listed as a stable block), the entire space is reminiscent of an enormous, luxurious dressing room—especially fitting since the experience is totally private and by appointment only. In London, Moda fans get first dibs on straight-off-the-runway collections, ready-to-wear collections, and giftables.
April’s Café at Boutique 1
127/128 Sloane St., Belgravia
One of the latest trends in fashion is for boutiques to become all-day hangouts, boasting all the necessary parts: good food, coffee, and cocktails. The gang at Boutique 1 have gone all out and teamed up with East London's Bistrotheque, masters of the boozy brunch and weekend fashion hang. In their new, tiny Sloane Street location, the décor's brighter and leafier, but the cocktails, strong coffees, and indulgent snacks, like classic cheese toasties, remain. In addition, they've added tea to the menu for a girlie afternoon treat.
Boutique 1
127/128 Sloane St., Belgravia
With shops in Dubai, Beirut, and Abu Dhabi, this Middle Eastern retailer has now arrived in London in a sprawling space that couldn't be more at home on tony Sloane Square. With a Nordic-concept-store look and a mini-department-store feel, it offers plenty of dedicated room for designers like Victoria Beckham, Elie Saab, and Isabel Marant, while more niche brands like Bella Freud, Malone Souliers, and Monreal London get their airtime on the surrounding racks and displays. Meanwhile, the Bistrotheque team serves up all-day snacks and drinks at the in-store April's Cafe. As a bonus, it has a leafy and secluded courtyard, making it all the more of a destination for West London's fashion crowd.
The Lanesborough
Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia
You can't miss the impressive, stone-columned, lantern-laden exterior here, which is reminiscent of old-London sophistication. It's an appropriate setting for this five-star hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park Corner. The rooms are done in grand Regency-period style, complete with original artworks and handcrafted furniture, and all the technology in the rooms is artfully concealed to give guests an authentic experience. In addition to the pomp and comfort (the complimentary amenities are impressive), a meal at the hotel's restaurant, Céleste is a real treat.
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